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People's Dictionary of the Bible

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Corner. According to the Mosaic law, it was forbidden to reap the corners of the field, so that there might be gleanings for the poor. Leviticus 19:9; Leviticus 23:22. The "corner of the house-top," Proverbs 21:9, is a narrow place exposed to sun and rain, contrasted with the wide room or house below. The word "corner" in the phrase "corners of Moab," or of any other country, Numbers 24:17; Jeremiah 48:45, means the length and breadth of the country, and also of the world. "Corner of a bed," Amos 3:12, the corner of a room; was on the elevated part (used by night for a bed or couch), and contained the most honorable seat, in the passage last cited it figuratively denotes the most proud and luxurious of the Israelites in Samaria. In Zechariah 10:4 the word "corner" is used to denote either the cornerstone or the most conspicuous part of a building, and evidently refers to Christ, Matthew 21:42.

Cornerstone. Job 38:6. Christ is called "the corner-stone of the Church," because he gives strength and unity to the whole structure of God's house. Comp. Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6; Matthew 21:42; Romans 9:32-33; 1 Corinthians 1:23.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Corner'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/c/corner.html. 1893.

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